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demilune

[dem-i-loon]
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noun
  1. a crescent.
  2. Fortification. an outwork resembling a bastion with a crescent-shaped gorge.
  3. a crescent or half-moon shape, as of the top of a piece of furniture.
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adjective
  1. shaped like a crescent.
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Origin of demilune

1720–30; < French: half moon. See demi-, lune1
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Related Words

curvebowmeniscussicklehalf-moondemilunelune

Examples from the Web for demilune

Historical Examples

  • At either end of this crescent or demilune is a large orbweb, surmounted by a tower.

    Old Farm Fairies:

    Henry Christopher McCook

  • The breastwork or demilune that had been woven around the outer bounds was leveled in an instant.

    Old Farm Fairies:

    Henry Christopher McCook


British Dictionary definitions for demilune

demilune

noun
  1. fortifications an outwork in front of a fort, shaped like a crescent moon
  2. a crescent-shaped object or formation; half-moon
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Word Origin

C18: from French, literally: half-moon
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demilune in Medicine

demilune

(dĕmē-lōōn′)
n.
  1. A small body shaped like a half-moon or crescent, such as one of the crescent-shaped cells surrounding certain mucous glands.
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